18 Best Papa-themed Songs for a Wedding Playlist

Updated November 22, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate our fathers. Common words to associate with our Fathers are as follows: Father, Dad, Papa, and Daddy. We are creating song lists for all words.

This list is for the word Papa. All of the top Papa Songs have the word papa in the title of the song. Papa is one of the least popular words to call our fathers, it is still popular enough to add to a song list.

Papa Songs in the title

My top papa songs feature several music styles from Rock, Country, Pop, Jazz, Funk, and R&B. Discover different music eras from 1954 through today.

If you have a papa song that you think we should add to our song list, be sure to add it to the comments section at the bottom of the page.

  1. “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” by The Temptations (R&B – 1972)
  2. “Papa” by Paul Anka (Rock – 1974)
  3. “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna (Pop – 1986)
  4. “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag (Pt. 1)” by James Brown (Soul – 1965)
  5. “Papa Dukie And The Mud People” by The Subdudes (Rock – 2006)
  6. “Papa” by YouNotUs, Amber Van Day (Dance – 2020)
  7. “Papa Can You Hear Me?” by Barbra Streisand (Pop – 1984)
  8. “Papa Loved Mama” by Garth Brooks (Country – 1991)
  9. “Johny Johny Yes Papa” by CoComelon (Children’s Music – 2021)
  10. “Papa” by El Micha (Latin – 2023)
  11. “Papa” by 6ix9ine, Lenier, Secreto “El Famoso Biberon” (Latin – 2023)
  12. “Papa Loves Mambo” by Perry Como (Pop – 1954)
  13. “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” by James Brown (Funk, 1974)
  14. “Para Ti Papá” by Ulices Chaidez (Mexicana – 2018)
  15. “Papa” by SICKOTOY, Elvana Gjata, INNA (Dance – 2021)
  16. “Papa” by Medea Bokor (Classical – 2018)
  17. “papacito” by Alaina Castillo (Pop – 2019)
  18. “Papa” by Oasis Ministry, Grupo Grace (Christian – 2020)
  19. “Papa Mama Loca Pipa” by The Minions (Soundtrack – 2017)
  20. “Papa” by Oscar Medina (Latin – 1999)

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Para Ti Papá – Ulices Chaidez
Released in 2018 on the album Para Ti Papá

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Pero te extraño tanto cuando tú no estás, papá
Un abrazo tuyo me da tranquilidad
Solo le pido a Dios tenerte aquí conmigo una eternidad

Cool Papa Bell – Paul Simon
Released in 2016

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Meet Doctor well, well, well,
And Cool Papa Bell,
The fastest man on Earth did dwell as
Cool Papa Bell

Papa Joe’s (Down At) – The Dixiebelles
Released in 2016

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You can rock and roll to Dixieland
The customers knows it’s the place to go
Down at Papa Joe’s

Papá, Quiero Decirte – Lali Torres
Released in 2009 on the album Con El Alma Pistas

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Papá quiero decirte hoy
Te quiero con el corazón
Igual que tú, no hay en todo el mundo

Papa – Prince
Released in 2007

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Papa just went outside and pointed his shotgun up in the sky
He said “how come I don’t love my woman?”
Then he took aim and died


Papa’s Home – Widespread Panic
Released in 1993
Genre: Southern Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Papa’s he driving past the night
He’s working his way to make it home
The old man gonna be a sight

Papa Loved Mama – Garth Brooks
Released in 1992
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Papa was a good one, but the jealous kind
Papa loved Mama, Mama loved men
Mama’s in the graveyard, Papa’s in the pen

Papa Come Quick (Jody And Chico) – Bonnie Raitt
Released in 1991
Genre: Country Pop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Papa come quick, Joy’s gone to the city
What we gonna do now that Jody’s gone
She left a note on the TV and Papa it’s a pity

Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
Released in 1986
Genre: Pop

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Papa don’t preach I’m in trouble deep
Papa don’t preach, I’ve been losing sleep
But I made up my mind, I’m keeping my baby

Papa Can You Hear Me? – Barbra Streisand
Released in 1983
Genre: Jazz

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

May the light
Of this flickering candle
Illuminates the night the way
Your spirit illuminates my soul
Papa, can you hear me?


Papa Don’t Take No Mess – James Brown
Released in 1974
Genre: Funk

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Now papa might grin
Drank a little taste of gin
Bet his last ten on a little game of skin
Hit me!
Wahoo Papa don’t take no mess

Papa Was A Rolling Stone – The Temptations
Released in 1972 Funk
Genre: R&B

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I heard Papa called himself a jack-of-all-trades
Tell me is that what sent Papa to an early grave
Folks say Papa would beg, borrow, steal
To pay his bills

Papa Rain – The Hollies
Released in 1972
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Silently you just seem self
That the number one is odd
Leaning heavily
On faith he’s built

Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (Amazon Original) – The Black Crowes
Released in 2022 as an Amazon Original

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I said, papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died
All he left us was alone

Papa Gene’s Blues – The Monkees
Released in 1966

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I have no more than I did before
But now I’ve got all that I need
For I love you and I know you love me


Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
Released in 1965
Genre: Funk

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Papa, he’s doing the Jerk
He’s doing the twist, just like this
He’s doing the Fly every day and every night
The thing’s, like the Boomerang

Papa Noel – Brenda Lee
Released in 1964

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Papa Noel will bring the bells and all will be gay-o
I’m gonna be at the Christmas tree with my ma chère ami-o
So ring the chimes, it’s Christmas time and pick the old banjo

Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow – The Rivingtons
Released in 1962 on the album Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow / The Bird’s The Word

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Is he serious
Or is he playing
Oom mow mow is all he’s saying
Papa oom – pomm
Pomm – papa papa papa oom

Papa Loves Mambo – Perry Como
Released in 1954
Genre: Jazz

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Papa loves mambo
Mama loves mambo
Havin’ their fling again, younger than spring again
Feelin’ that zing again, wow

Oh My Papa – Eddie Fisher & Hugo Winterhalter
Released in 1953

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Oh, my Papa, so funny, so adorable
Always the clown, so funny in his ways
Oh, my Papa, to me he was so wonderful


Have a favorite Papa song, not on my list?  Be sure to share it below so that I can add it!

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  1. Hey, there appears to be a mistake on your website. The James Brown classic ic called “Papa Don’t TAKE No Mess”. While James Brown’s father may have very well been a very tidy man, the name of the song is a black colloquialism.
    One who “does not take mess” refuses to accept BS or trifling from his family and children. Certainly hope this was a typo. CheersL:)

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